Cartoon Animation Institute Opens in L.A.

Headed by Family Guy director Peter Shin, the Cartoon Animation Institute (CAI) is opening its doors in Los Angeles tonight, Aug. 18, with a grand opening event. Scheduled to go from 7 p.m. to midnight, the celebration will introduce the school, its curriculum and mission objectives.

CAI was founded to provide comprehensive education to prepare students for careers in animation, visual effects and digital media. The school will employ an interdisciplinary faculty of academics, researchers, and professionals. At present, the faculty includes Family Guy veterans Kara Vallow, Young Lee, Mike Elias, Andy Tauke, Shannon Smith, Peter Michels and John Holmquist.

CAI’s primary location is at 3440 8th Street in Los Angeles. Anyone who wants to learn more about the school, its grand opening event or any of its programs may contact Chris Lee, president/exec. director at (213) 388-7277 or go to